A widow from north Suffolk who lost her husband to a brain tumour more than 13 years ago is continuing to raise funds and vital awareness.

Barbara Shaw’s husband Colin died in August 2010, aged 71, just a year after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM).

Ever since then the grandmother, from Blundeston, near Lowestoft, has supported the charity Brain Tumour Research.

People wearing hats of all shapes and sizes have gathered at Blundeston village hall for another fundraising event in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Co-organiser Barbara Shaw said: "I was delighted to see a steady flow of people arriving at the gathering at Blundeston Village Hall for the coffee morning and to browse around the various stalls which included a cake stall, a tombola, a raffle and a bric-a-brac stall.

“The total raised for Brain Tumour Research from the Wear a Hat Day is £760. 50, with donations still coming in.

"Doug Youngs - from Fritton - and I have been raising funds for around 13 years, obviously we were hampered by the pandemic.

"Doug’s wife Jean died of a brain tumour six years ago but until then she helped with the coffee mornings.

"Brain Tumour Research has been close to my heart ever since my husband Colin died from a glioblastoma-multiforme in 2010."

Mrs Shaw added: "Until then I hadn’t realised that brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other form of cancer.

"I’m not sure how much we have raised for the charity over the years, but it is a significant amount – although whatever we have raised is only a fraction of what is really needed.

"The research for this disease only receives less than one per cent of the national spend on cancer research, so they really do need support."

Mrs Shaw said: “Peter Aldous, MP, has also supported our events since we started, and this year was no exception.

"I want to say a big thank you to him and to everyone who attended or donated."